Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

15 Aug2017

Making Government Smarter

Published by Foreign Affairs

These days, people for the most part believe that governments should try to promote the general welfare of the populations they serve. The disagreements come over how to do that—what goals to focus on, what policies to adopt, and so on. These questions are usually approached through broad intellectual frameworks, such as political ideology or religion, and much time is spent debating the finer points of various doctrines. Often overlooked, however, is a simple and easy way to make lives better: use routine cost-benefit analysis to compare the expected returns from alternative policies and...

29 Jul2017

Pariisin sopimus ei korjaa ilmasto-ongelmaa

Published by Helsingin Sanomat

YMPÄRISTÖNSUOJELIJAT tyrmistyivät, kun presidentti Donald Trump ilmoitti Yhdysvaltojen vetäytyvän Pariisin ilmastosopimuksesta. Eräät väittivät päätöksen suorastaan uhkaavan ihmiskunnan olemassaoloa. Mutta onko Pariisin sopimus todellakin kuin kilpi, joka varjelee planeettaa ilmastonmuutoksen vaikutuksilta? Ei missään tapauksessa. Toki presidentti Trumpin ilmoitus oli ongelmallinen. Hän kieltäytyi tunnustamasta, että ilmastonmuutos on totta, ja hänen ehdotuksensa neuvotella sopimus uudestaan oli kaukaa haettu. Mikä vielä pahempaa, nyt Valkoinen talo ei pysty tarjoamaan minkäänlaista ratkaisua...

27 Jul2017

A tighter aid budget in Haiti means Canada must do more with less

Published by The Globe and Mail

Host to a large diaspora population, Canada has long focused much of its official and private aid toward Haiti – the hemisphere’s poorest country. Recently though, it has pulled back: Haiti fell from top recipient of aid in 2010 to 16th place in 2015. The Canadian government has set out to examine different ways of making money spent in Haiti achieve more – whether by foreign governments, philanthropists, or Haiti itself, which has an annual budget of $2.5-billion. Canada funded a project led by my think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus, to generate data about ways to boost prosperity and...

27 Jul2017

Al Gore’s Climate Sequel Misses a Few Inconvenient Facts

Published by The Wall Street Journal

They say the sequel is always worse than the original, but Al Gore’s first film set the bar pretty low. Eleven years ago, “An Inconvenient Truth” hyped global warming by relying more on scare tactics than science. This weekend Mr. Gore is back with “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” If the trailer is any indication, it promises to be more of the same.

23 Jul2017

Un billón de dólares y adiós a la pobreza, según analista

Published by El Tiempo

La pobreza es la aflicción más cruel de la humanidad. Si usted es extremadamente pobre, lo más probable es que no pueda evitar ser víctima de enfermedades fácilmente curables y que causan una de cada seis muertes humanas. Sus pulmones probablemente estén llenos de contaminación, y especialmente porque en el interior de su casa, al igual que les sucede a otros 2.700 millones de personas, usted cocina con combustibles como la madera, lo que tiene el mismo efecto que fumar dos paquetes de cigarrillos por día. Una dieta inadecuada causará que sus hijos crezcan con un mal desarrollo físico y que...

22 Jul2017

Priorizar para salvar vidas, el reto de la OMS

Published by Milenio

Es un trabajo duro el que le corresponde al nuevo director general electo de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS). El ex ministro etíope de Salud y Asuntos Exteriores Tedros Adhanom tiene 4 mil 500 millones de dólares al año para gastar, pero cuando usted está tratando de mejorar la salud pública en un planeta de 7 mil 500 millones de personas, debe usarlo sabiamente. Por tanto, el nuevo director general debe priorizar áreas en las que un enfoque más agudo tendría resultados extraordinarios. Eso significa elegir las inversiones y las políticas que obtendrían más por cada dólar, y en euro...

21 Jul2017

Ciepło, zimno i śmierć w oczach mediów

Published by Listy z naszego sadu

Zabarwione politycznie relacje o temperaturach tego lata dają wiele żaru, ale mało światła. “Zabójcze fale upałów stają się częstsze z powodu zmiany klimatu” - oznajmia CNN. “Fale skrajnych upałów zmienią nasz sposób życia. Nie jesteśmy gotowi” - ostrzega TIME. Jedne relacje są bardziej sensacyjne niż inne, ale wszędzie jest ten sam temat: niebezpieczne fale gorąca będą częstsze i ostrzejsze z powodu globalnego ocieplenia. To nie jest żaden “fake news”. Istotnie, jest to prawda. Ale te relacje ujawniają osobliwy ślepy punkt w relacjonowaniu problemów zmiany klimatu przez media. Podczas gdy „...

20 Jul2017

California is handling climate change all wrong

Published by Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown has won praise for promising that California will live up to the Paris accord despite President Trump’s withdrawal from the treaty. He also signed a climate deal with China last month, and has unveiled plans for a global climate summit in San Francisco next year. Earlier this week, California lawmakers voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program for another 10 years. The message is clear: With a few other states, California is going it alone — an approach that is popular locally and resonates with much of the world. But, while Brown should be commended for showing...

19 Jul2017

The pure cruelty of food aid cuts

Published by New York Daily News

Proposed cutbacks to nearly all nonmilitary spending in the Trump administration’s budget proposal have generated strong opposition from a range of groups. Cuts to teacher training and education grants agitate teacher unions; decreases to agricultural subsidies are criticized by congressmen representing farmers; disability advocates decry plans to tighten insurance criteria. One proposed cut does not have a powerful U.S. advocacy group fighting against it — yet the money is one of the best ways of helping improve the lot of humanity.

18 Jul2017

Learning from Malaria

Published by Project Syndicate

It is one of the best untold stories in the annals of development: great strides have been made against malaria, a disease that was once endemic across the world and, more recently, has remained the scourge of developing countries. Over the last 15 years, more than six million lives have been saved. Even better, the lessons of that success can – and therefore should – be applied to other great development challenges. Malaria is caused by a mosquito-transmitted parasite. Even in a mild case, the result can be fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, and anemia – especially dangerous for pregnant...